Iceland is on the top of everyones Bucket List and for good reason. This incredibly gorgeous country is as exotic as it gets. It has glaciers, geysers, blue lagoons, and even magical elf sightings! I went many years ago for a long weekend and would love to return again, however this time I would definitely look into renting a car. Road trips are the most popular form of traveling in Iceland. Having a car would allow me the freedom to explore on my own terms and have the Iceland road trip of my dreams.
Not just any car, but a comfy, fully-equipped winter camper with heating system enhances the experience of traveling around Iceland in search of the northern lights and other natural sights. The country’s weather is unpredictable, especially during winter, so you have to take all the necessary preparations for an awesome Icelandic road trip.
The next time I am in Iceland, this is what my Icelandic Bucket List would look like:
The stunning waterfall is one of the most popular attractions in the country. Located in the canyon, which forms three step terraces, river Hvítá plunges creating a powerful stream and Gullfoss. There are no rails, just a natural surroundings. It is a thrilling and exciting experience. On a side note: the plunge is stronger in summer. If you do not have the luxury of having your own car, make sure to join the Iceland Golden circle tour, which always visits Gullfoss Waterfall.
This unique church is situated in the middle of Reykjavík, the capitol city. It is the tallest and most recognizable building in the country. The architecture was inspired by the Black Falls, another Icelandic natural wonder. At the top of the church there is a wonderful panorama of the city, so make sure to bring your camera.
Skaftafell Ice Cave, Vatnajökull National Park
Iceland is a country literally covered in ice and snow. The overwhelmingly beautiful ice caves attract adventurers from all over the world. The travel agencies organize trips to the glaciers, from where the caves can be visited. The best time to go is In winter, when the ice does not melt and it is safe to enter. The blue ice caves are unique to Iceland and are extremely popular with professional photographers.
From the middle of September to the middle April, you can see the northern phenomena known as the Aurora Borealis. It is amongst the most popular attractions in Iceland. The dazzling lights are especially bright, since the increase of solar activity. The lights are best admired in the remote places, further from the urban lights.
Blue Lagoon, Grindavík
This Geothermal spa offers the most relaxing natural bathing and is the most tempting attraction, found only 40 minutes away from Reykjavík. The water from the underground hot springs reaches 37–39 °C and is beneficial for health and skin. I recommend going right before your flight home.
Due to the volcanic activities underneath the surface, a lot of geysers, underground springs, and thermal pools are scattered all around the country. To see a powerful hot stream shooting from the ground is as cool as it gets. Strokkur in the southwest of Iceland, beside the Hvítá River, is a popular fountain geyser. Many geysers are found in Haukadalur in the south of the country.
The gentle marine giants can be seen from the different locations in the country including Reykjavík. Several companies organize the 2-3 hour whale watching tours. From May to September the whales are out in full force.
Iceland is an extraordinary country with so many natural wonders, thus why not make your next trip and Iceland vacation? I highly recommend you rent a car, in order to experience everything on your Bucket List, just remember to hire a car accident lawyer if for any reason you get into an accident. Guide to Iceland has the largest selection of tours in the country, so make sure to check them out while booking your trip. Get ready for the adventure of your life and please let me know if you spot an elf!